We Ran A Test. Walmart Failed.
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Walmart is now offering COVID-19 shots, but just like Publix, the odds are against your success when it comes to booking an appointment.
Only two area stores are set-up for vaccinations. Pompano Beach and Fort Lauderdale. For purposes of our fact finding test, we chose the Pompano Beach location and clicked the “we are over 65” button, even though we are not.
The immediate response from the Walmart reservation system? See for yourself above. No appointments available. While the image depicts only a few days, we played it out for a full week and no appointments populated at all.
To even gain access to the system, you need a Walmart login. It’s free, but will take a few minutes to setup depending on your level of computer comfort. You then must “certify” that you are either 65 or old, an EMS worker or a medical provider. If you are lucky enough to secure an appointment, you will need to prove your eligibility before you can receive the shot.
Walmart and Sam’s Club are taking part in the U.S. Federal Retail Pharmacy program. The federal government is shipping vaccine directly to these locations. But while a federal program, retail locations must still comply with state guidelines, which means Florida’s rules and regulations for who gets a shot and when are being followed.
Here’s a link to the Walmart COVID-19 scheduling system.
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